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Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos, and Vicuñas
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Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos, and Vicuñas

Domesticated roughly 5,000 years ago in Peru, llamas and alpacas are famous for their wool. Their ancestors — guanacos and vicuna — still roam the Andes Mountains. Like their camel cousins, all 4 animals have a split upper lip and 2-toed feet.

Discover how the Inca depended on these intelligent camelids.

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Inca Success in Peruvian Andes ‘Thanks to Llama Dung’

Inca Success in Peruvian Andes ‘Thanks to Llama Dung’

Used as fertilizer, droppings from llamas may have helped ancient maize farms thrive — fueling the rise of the Inca Empire. Find out how. More...

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BBC
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alpacas

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alpacas

Did you know alpaca fiber is flame resistant, water resistant, and hypoallergenic? Get more incredible facts on these ungulates. More...

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Alpaca Farming

Alpaca Farming

Alpacas make life possible in the high-altitude Andes in Peru. Watch Quechua herders celebrate the first wool cutting of the year. More...

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Ready to herd some fast-moving alpacas? See how many you can keep in the corral. Good luck! More...

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Guanaco Facts and Photos

Guanaco Facts and Photos

Guanacos are the wild relatives of alpacas and llamas. These South American mammals are smaller than their domesticated cousins and can run as fast as 35 mph (56 kph). More...

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National Geographic
How to Tell the Difference Between Llamas and Alpacas

How to Tell the Difference Between Llamas and Alpacas

The differences are obvious once you see them side by side. Look for the llama’s curved ears and the alpaca's “teddy bear” hair. More...

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Introduction to Llamas

Introduction to Llamas

A Colorado rancher tells us all about llamas, including their intelligence and ability to be trained, life span, diet, padded feet, and more. Take a look. More...

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Llamas

Llamas are friendly, curious animals. But they sometimes spit when irritated. Learn more about this defensive technique and their role in the Spanish conquest of the Americas. More...

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Llamas (Lama glama)

Llamas graze on grass and many kinds of plants. Find out why these animals are so durable and dependable. More...

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National Geographic
Vicuna

Vicuna

Believed to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca, the vicuna is the smallest member of the camelid family. Get more facts on these sure-footed, graceful beasts of the Andes. More...

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